Friday Favourites – January 29, 2016

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This week is all about mugs. I love mugs. I adore mugs. I collect mugs. One day I’ll be on an episode of Hoarders weeping inconsolably as they take away boxes and boxes of mugs.

So yeah. I like mugs. I also like tea, but that’s a subject for another time.

Here are a few beautiful, wonderful mugs that I am dreaming about adding to my collection. I can stop buying mugs any time I want to. I just never seem to want to….

 Matilda Mug

Reading Bliss Mug

Sujean Rim Bespectacled Blue Mug

PicMonkey Collage

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Super-Senshi Doodle

A Lot of Cats

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Happy Friday!!

Friday Favourites – January 15, 2016

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This week’s favourite is a bit of shameless self-promotion, but it’s for a very good cause! I’d like to introduce to you the BCLA LGBTQ Interest Group Website!

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The LGBTQ Interest Group is part of the British Columbia Library Association, and is a group of library staff and students across industries and specialties with an interest in LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer) topics and services.

We’ve launching a new website in the hopes that it will enable us to:

  • reach out to LGBTQ library staff throughout British Columbia and beyond,
  • provide resources for LGBTQ library staff and allies working to create safe and welcoming spaces within our communities,
  • advocate for LGBTQ library staff and community members in our province.

We will be regularly posting exciting and informative content on our blog, including:

  • Book reviews and recommended reads/views/listens
  • Examples of community-led work or community voices from across B.C.
  • Spotlights on what other provinces are doing to serve LGBTQ communities
  • Information on relevant, topical issues facing libraries and LGBTQ communities today
  • Interviews with an interesting and diverse group of individuals
  • And more!

Everyone is invited to follow our blog, to comment on our posts, and to contact us with any information or ideas they’d like to share. We’re also looking for people interested in contributing content to our blog. The website is brand new, so we still have a lot of work to do, but we’re all very proud of our baby!

LGBTQ topics are close to my heart as I have several close friends and family members who identify as LGBT and/or Q, so I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting and engaged group, and encourage everyone to come along for the ride!

Friday Favourites – January 8, 2016

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This week I wanted to share a favourite artist with you, and introduce you to her adorable Etsy shop – KayleyDraws!

Kayley is an English artist who creates the loveliest illustrations and designs, including my beloved blog headers, past and present!

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Kayley took my vague and inarticulate thoughts and turned them into two beautiful little works of art that perfectly encapsulate the spirit of my blog, and she also mailed me the original artwork, which was a lovely touch. She works incredibly quickly, and her rates are ridiculously affordable. Plus, Kayley is really easy to work with, and I can’t recommend her enough!

Kayley also sells little prints and does custom portraits, if you’re looking for a special gift. I was in no way compensated for this glowing review, I’m just really, really happy with my lovely blog headers, and I love supporting artists and small business owners pursuing their creative dreams. Everybody wins! 🙂

Friday Favourites – December 18, 2015

For today’s favourites, I’m going to write about one of my favourite places in Tokyo – the Hibiya Library and Museum in Chiyoda City, Tokyo.

Besides just being an incredibly spiffy and shiny building situated in a stunning park in one of the swankiest parts of Tokyo, the Hibiya library has one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen inside a library – a restaurant!

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The restaurant has a “mellow ambiance”, and is actually licensed, meaning you can have a glass of wine or beer with your meal. What I find really interesting is that you can bring library books into both the cafe and restaurant without having to check them out. So, people can drop by the library and have a cup of coffee while reading a magazine, without having to sign up for a library card or check out material. This is particularly nice if you’re from out of town! You simply drop the books in a return box when you’re done with them.

Another feature I found quite interesting was the fee-for-use study room.

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While there are free seats available around the library, and all users can use the  wi-fi, this special area provides a silent workspace, with a power outlet and cable LAN for each user. The rate for use is quite reasonable, coming in at about 3.50CAD for 2 hours. I can see the appeal for this kind of quiet space in a crowded city like Tokyo, where people often live in very small quarters, particularly students. Still, I’d never seen a fee-for-use study space before.

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The last thing I’ll mention about the Hibiya Library is its crazy hours of operation. 10AM – 10PM FIVE DAYS A WEEK. AND they’re open Saturdays and Sundays. I can only dream of having these kinds of opening hours…

So there you have it, just a little introduction to a lovely place to do some research or recharge the next time you’re in Tokyo!

Friday Favourites – November 6, 2015

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Beloved naturalist David Attenborough narrates Adele’s “Hello” video. It’s a thing of beauty.

Amazon has just opened a brick and mortar book store. Maybe it’s not as crazya move as it sounds.

Attempting NaNoWriMo? Here are some tips to get you started.

I found a new-to-me Canadian book blog! So many posts to catch up on!

Wondering what the best tea in the world is? Here’s one tea drinker’s opinion. I might just have to try them all, in the name of science of course…

Canada’s cabinet finally reflects Canada’s population. We have achieved gender parity, our health minister is actually a physician, our minister of defense served in the armed forces,our minister of the status of women is actually a woman,  and our minister of transportation is AN ASTRONAUT. Yeah, our cabinet is cooler than your cabinet.

Have a great weekend!

Friday Favourites – October 30, 2015

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Here are some interesting things I found this week, in no particular order. Let us begin!

In honour of National Cat Day, I bring you: Cute Cat Gifs.

10 scary kids books to put a chill down any adult’s spine….

I thought I’d read all of Agatha Christie’s Poirot novels, and then I came across this one on the shelves, making me a very happy camper indeed.

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Literary classics by text message….

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“In practice, the attempt to alter school curricula in response to individual objections means privileging the moral or religious beliefs of some families over others. It is precisely this form of viewpoint discrimination by government officials that our constitutional system is designed to prevent.” Yet another book pulled from an American high school because of parent complaints….* sigh *……

Show your Canadian pride this Halloween with costumes inspired by Canadian literature!

Speaking of Canada, how many of these 100 Canadian YA novels have you read?

Love it or hate it, it’s one of the surest signs of Halloween – A spirited defense of candy corn!

OK, that’s it for this week, have a happy and safe Halloween!!

Friday Favourites – Oct 23, 2015

Untitled designWhat a cracker-jack week! There are so many things that I have been loving this week – here are just a few.

As you might have heard, we had an election recently in Canada. While yes, we have elected a Prime Minister who’s easy on the eyes, What really excites me is the significant improvement in voter turnout – the highest rate since 1993! There still room for improvement, but I’m heartened to see so many Canadians taking advantage of this precious right.

Doc Brown and Marty are back, and just as amazing as ever.

Google Books – Copyright infringement or accessibility and preservation? 

Cat horoscopes. Because cats.

Check out the winners of this years’ Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, celebrating New Zealand literature across genres.

Patrick Ness came to Vancouver! This makes me feel like I was there (which I wasn’t, sadly!)

Cats who don’t believe in books. Can one ever get enough cats?

And finally….If it fits, I sits – the supercut. Because one can never get enough cats.

Have a great weekend!!

Friday Favourites – October 16, 2015

Untitled designWell, first and foremost, I am thankful for the internet! The computers were all down at our library this morning, and my goodness, what a headache that was! But everything is back up and running now, thanks to our hardworking IT team.

Here are some of the things that have caught my eye this week:

Are you a fan of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy? A handful of illustrators share what they think their daemons would look like, in their own signature artistic styles.

Hmmm…what should I be for Halloween??? I’m working at the library that day, so maybe something book-themed? These costumes are pretty low-key, some of these costumes take a bit more effort, and these are pretty awesome too!

I’ll admit, some of these spoofs sound better than the originals….drop a letter, change the movie!

The Great British Bake Off is over for another year, such sadness. I’m happy for Nadiya, but my heart was with Tamal.

So, what have you been up to this week?

Friday Favourites – October 9, 2015

Untitled designIt’s Friday yet again! Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving?! Where does the time go?!

Here’s what I’ve been fascinated by this week:

I am devouring Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, a absolutely gripping piece of Tudor-era historical fiction. I can’t wait to watch the miniseries!

Take a fascinating subway journey along London’s Victoria line and explore the incredible linguistic and cultural diversity of this cosmopolitan city.

The first fully-illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone hits shelves soon – meet Jim Kay, the artist responsible for bringing Harry to life for a new generation of Potter fans.

Check out this extensive selection of vintage Hollywood photographs for sale – some for over $1000.00!

Chocolate Chip Ghost Story - Free Printable

This free ghost printable from Sunflower Storytime is perfect for Halloween story times – a sweet introduction to colours, and not too spooky for young audiences.

Kara Wilson shares her thoughts on what constitutes real beauty.

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Happy Thanksgiving, to all my Canadian readers!

Friday Favourites – October 2, 2015

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  • Looking to add some new songs and rhymes to your fall story times? Check out Jbrary‘s celebration of Fall Favourites – plenty of fun songs and rhymes to share with your kids this autumn.
  • Speaking of fall – Check out this AMAZING collection of fall-themed books – Rebecca has your fall-themed story times pretty much set.
  • I’ve come across a few of these “Indestructibles” books, and I’m curious to find out just how indestructible they really are. Are they really chew proof, rip proof and 100% washable? I might just have to put them in the hands of a few babies and find out.
  • In honour of Banned Books Week, Out of Print is donating 10% of purchases to the Uprise Books Project, which provides new copies of banned or challenged books to underprivileged teens. This Banned Book Bundle looks pretty nifty.

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  • I have a new backpack. Yes, I am in my thirties, but it still makes me excited to have a new backpack. It’s like back-to-school time all over again, except I don’t actually have to go back to school. Excellent.

So, what’s been catching your eye this week?